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10:15 AM ET, June 22, 2021

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Kyrsten Sinema / Washington Post:
We have more to lose than gain by ending the filibuster  —  Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate.  —  Everyday Arizonans are focused on questions that matter most in their daily lives.  —  Is my job secure?  Can I expand my business?  Can we afford college?
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Former Bodyguard Under Scrutiny in New York Probe  —  Matthew Calamari, now the Trump Organization's chief operating officer, has hired his own attorney as prosecutors investigate the company's employee perks  —  New York prosecutors are investigating whether …
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ABC News:
Trump Organization sues New York City for wrongful termination of contracts
Ruby Cramer / Politico:
Bill de Blasio Has Some Regrets  —  BROOKLYN, N.Y.—  The mayor likes to walk in the middle of the day, preferably around 2:30 p.m. This is the best time, when the sun has traveled across Prospect Park, just beginning its descent west, and when, on weekdays, the shaded trails are empty and still.
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Whether Maya Wiley or Kathryn Garcia, a Woman Mayor Could Save N.Y.C.  —  Last week I wrote about why I thought Eric Adams is very marginally preferable to Andrew Yang in New York City's Democratic mayoral primary.  Yang is likable, and I can see why people have gravitated to his sunny vision of a vibrant, business-friendly city.
David Schleicher / Slow Boring:   The Machine Man  —  The case for and against Eric Adams  —  Eric Adams is clearly ahead …
Washington Examiner:
In New York City mayoral race, Democrats show their (race) cards
Discussion: Washington Post
Sabrina Imbler / New York Times:
When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That's a Moray  —  Moray eels can hunt on land, and footage from a recent study highlights how they accomplish this feat with a sneaky second set of jaws.  —  In the video, forceps nudge a piece of squid that sits on a ramp as an offering.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Wanted His Justice Department to Stop ‘SNL’ From Teasing Him  —  “SNL” amounted to “nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials,” Trump tweeted in 2018, pondering whether his thought “should be tested in courts, can't be legal?”  —  It was the middle of Donald Trump's presidency …
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Sinéad Baker / Insider:   Trump asked whether the DOJ and the FCC could investigate ‘SNL’ after it mocked him, report says
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Democrats To Introduce Bill To Combat Election Subversion As Part Of Voting Rights Push  —  The bill will try to stop state-level Republicans from fulfilling Trump's dream of giving them the power to overturn future elections.  —  Democrats plan to introduce legislation in the House and Senate …
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Manchin got Republicans to admit to the ‘big lie.’ Democrats should celebrate.
Discussion: ABC News, Townhall and Forbes
Barrington D. Martin II / MSN:
Listen to Black Parents Furious With Critical Race Theory  —  In a nation of hundreds of millions of people, each with their own thoughts, beliefs, and ideas, there will be those with ugly thoughts committing ugly deeds.  Racial prejudice will to a certain degree never be truly eradicated.
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Federal judge tosses most claims against Trump, Barr and U.S. officials in clearing of Lafayette Square  —  A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed most claims filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of D.C., Black Lives Matter and others who in lawsuits accused the Trump administration …
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
White House to concede it's likely to miss original July 4 vaccination target … WASHINGTON — The Biden administration planned to concede Tuesday that it will likely fall short of President Joe Biden's goal of partially vaccinating 70 percent of American adults by Independence Day …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Top White House officials heading to Senate for infrastructure talks
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
The Legend of the Restaurant Workers Too Lazy to Work  —  The notion that the food-services industry can't find workers because they like being on the dole is a gross simplification of complicated economic trends.  —  After a year of applause—or worse, silence—about “Trump Bucks,” …
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Majority of Iowans disapprove of the job Joe Biden is doing as president  —  President Joe Biden's approval rating among Iowans is underwater six months into his term in office, with 43% approving of the job he is doing and 52% disapproving in the latest Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll.
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
The Berserk End of the Campaign Yang and Garcia team up.  Adams cries victim.  Wiley goes after them all.  —  A Democratic mayoral primary that mostly played out in the tiny confines of a square box on Zoom spun into full Technicolor berserk in the race's final days.
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Politico:
‘No one is gonna steal the election from me’: Echoes of 2020 in NYC mayor's race
Discussion: ABC News
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Georgia Conducting Secret 2020 Ballot Review — Keeping Plaintiffs in the Dark  —  After several Fulton County, Ga., poll monitors testified last year that boxes of mail-in ballots for Joe Biden looked liked they'd been run through a photocopy machine, state investigators quietly broke the seal …
Bloomberg:
A Record Buyout Is Just the Start as Wealthy Flee U.S. Tax Hike  — Fear of higher capital gains tax spurs Medline sale and others  — Families, private equity firms are preparing a deluge of deals  —  For 110 years, four generations of Mills family members earned their money …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
A Lawyer For Jan. 6 Defendants Is Giving Her Clients Remedial Lessons In American History  —  D.C. attorney H. Heather Shaner says that books and movies about the uglier parts of American history are “a revelation” for some of her Capitol attack clients.  —  At first glance …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Remember Who Tucker Carlson Is  —  In November 2018, The Washington Post published a disturbing headline: “'They Were Threatening Me and My Family': Tucker Carlson's Home Targeted by Protesters.”  —  The Post story quoted the prime-time Fox News host at length.
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Chris Christie Wants to Out-Trump Trump  —  BULLY PULPIT … The public bullying as a political power play pioneer isn't waiting for the president who stole his act to make up his mind about a comeback run before testing the waters himself. … Clinton wasn't talking specifically …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Sirota / The Daily Poster:
Why Are Billionaires Presumed Innocent?  —  After an IRS leak, corporate media says there's nothing to see here because billionaire tax avoidance must be legal — even though it occurred during a crime spree.  —  In the wake of ProPublica's recent disclosure of how billionaires avoid income taxes …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Susan Collins: Biden ATF nominee Chipman ‘unusually divisive,’ will vote against confirmation  —  Collins says Chipman has made comments to ‘demean law-abiding gun owners’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 22  —  Sen. Susan Collins announced Monday that she will oppose the confirmation …
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
‘In the Heights’ is just more of the same whitewashed Hollywood  —  Julissa Contreras is a Dominican writer, poet, actor and creator of the “Ladies Who Bronché” podcast.  Dash Harris Machado is co-founder of AfroLatino Travel, producer and facilitator of the “Radio Caña Negra” …
Discussion: RedState
Margaret McMullan / The Bulwark:
To the man who shouted at me about stolen elections,  —  A poll worker responds to an angry heckler.  —  To the man who shouted at me about stolen elections,  —  Just thought I'd follow up about our recent encounter at the polling place where I'm a poll worker.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Lindsey Graham inaccurately describes Democrats' redistricting proposal  —  What are the prospects for passing a voting rights bill?  —  Washington (CNN)At a conference of religious conservatives last week, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina inaccurately described …
Discussion: Raw Story
The National Pulse:
SCALP: Daszak Recused from COVID Commission After National Pulse Exposés.  —  Compromised scientist Peter Daszak has been removed from the Lancet's COVID-19 commission following a number of leading exposés by The National Pulse investigative team surrounding Daszak's work with the Chinese Communist Party.
Wall Street Journal:
Afghans Who Spied for CIA Can't Get U.S. Visas  —  Thousands of Afghans who worked for the U.S. but were given no paperwork to prove it are at risk of Taliban retaliation as U.S. leaves the country  —  KABUL—Rahmat says he carried out secret missions spying on the Taliban …
Discussion: HotAir
Eva Dou / Washington Post:
Wuhan lab's classified work complicates search for pandemic's origins  —  In May 2019, the Wuhan Institute of Virology's staff filed into an old-fashioned lecture hall.  A local representative of China's National Administration for the Protection of State Secrets was at the podium.
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Egyptian intelligence chief to face questioning over alleged involvement in Khashoggi killing  —  A human rights group is calling on members of Congress to interrogate the chief of Egyptian intelligence on Tuesday about a Yahoo News report that a Saudi plane carrying a team of assassins stopped …
American Greatness:
China's COVID Coup  —  China deserves credit for a remarkable feat of strategic improvisation in translating a public health crisis into a large economical and geopolitical advance at the expense of the West.  —  It is time for Americans to contemplate the possibility that the United States …
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
What I Learned From the Bloomberg Equality Briefing on Driving Inclusive Transformation in Corporate Equity  —  One of the biggest challenges facing American corporations today is figuring out how to performatively express support for the various social justice causes that educated young professionals tend …
Discussion: Instapundit
Joel Kotkin / UnHerd:
The battle between the two Americas  —  The United States has never been so divided  —  Joel Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Urban Reform Institute.  His new book, The Coming of Neo-Feudalism, is now out from Encounter.
 
 
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Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
How Democrats can defy history in 2022
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Mikayla Newton / WGN-TV:
Pritzker signs voter access plan, moving primary from March to June
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Donald Trump offers to back challenger to Rep. John Katko: ‘He is bad news’
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Populist Leaders in Eastern Europe Run Into a Little Problem: Unpopularity
Discussion: Raw Story
Kristen V Brown / Bloomberg:
Delta Variant Gains Steam in Undervaccinated U.S. Counties
 Earlier Items: 
PNAS:
Stewardship of global collective behavior
NBC News:
New Texas law aims to protect parents wrongly accused of child abuse
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
When It Comes to Big City Elections, Republicans Are in the Wilderness
Discussion: Raw Story
Abigail Shrier / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
The Books Are Already Burning
Discussion: HotAir
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Retail workers are quitting at record rates for higher-paying work: 'My life isn't worth a dead-end job'
Discussion: The Atlantic and Payday Report